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Sea, river and port Museum of Rouen: photo description (musée maritime fluvial et portuaire de Rouen)

Rouen port is one of the largest in France. In ancient times a Roman settlement was established Rotomagus sea trade links with other States where there were marble, oil, wine, cheeses and other products.

Currently, the port of Rouen is not only a marine but also a river port. Ships pass through the mouth of the Seine, part of the cargoes delivered via Rouen to Paris. Among the goods transported on the river - grain, coal, petroleum products and other, necessary to the viability of large cities.

Since 1989 in Rouen festival "Armada Rouen" is an international event which brings together sailing and military ships from around the world. In 1999, the city opened a Museum dedicated to the history of the port of Rouen, Maritime and inland navigation, and its opening was timed to the tenth anniversary of the festival.

For the Museum of navigation, river navigation and the port of Rouen was given the building of the hangar built in 20-ies of the last century. It was used for storage of wines, imported from North Africa, but since 1984, stood empty.

The area of the Museum is less than a thousand square meters, in addition, next to the hangar moored the barge Pompon Rouge", also the Museum object. The Museum presents about two thousand exhibits that "tell" the shipping history of Rouen, starting with the Roman era and ending with the events of the day. Here you can see models of ships of different ages and peoples - the first sailing ships of the Viking merchant ships. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to the submarine fleet, there is even kept the layout of the compartments of the Nautilus - submarines, named after the fantastic submarine of Jules Verne's novel. Other Museum sections devoted to fisheries - whaling and fishing. One of the most unique exhibits of the Museum is the skeleton of a whale which was discovered on the beach in 1927.